At the final session of First Minister's Questions of 2016, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott highlighted the additional pressures facing many teaching headteachers in Shetland. A Scottish Government review of schools proposes giving more powers to head teachers. Yet workload pressure on schools is huge. The Government’s education quango has admitted that teachers have 20,000 pages of educational guidance.
Tavish Scott raised this with Nicola Sturgeon after speaking to Shetland Head Teachers and the SIC.
Commenting, Tavish Scott said:
“The First Minister rightfully acknowledged that if headteachers are to be given more powers, this will present unique challenges to communities like Shetland.
“Across Shetland, 18 out of 29 head teachers also teach. This means extra paperwork and government guidance to wade through, on top of already demanding workloads.
“I would welcome the opportunity to discuss with the Education Secretary how the proposal to give headteachers more control over their schools will work in practice. I want to ensure that John Swinney understands the perspective of our excellent teaching staff as the government finalises its plans.”